WASHINGTON, Sept. 29, 2013 —Tonight one of the highest rated TV shows of all time comes to an end. After five seasons, ten Emmys and a body count that would rival any “Rambo” film, the final episode of AMC’s “Breaking Bad” is finally upon us.
Over its span of five seasons we have watched Walter White’s transformation from a mild mannered chemistry teacher to a methamphetamine drug lord. And during these five seasons “Breaking Bad” has become just as addictive as the meth White manufactures.
The reason for the popularity of “Breaking Bad” has been probed, poked and over analyzed, but no clear answer has emerged. Some say it is because the show reflects the real life decline of morality in America while others credit the original story line for the show’s success.
A good portion of the credit belongs to the show’s creator Vince Gilligan for always staying one step ahead of the audience. Rather than establish the characters in the beginning and build on their consistency, Gilligan gave us a cast in constant change. Keeping an audience guessing is no easy task, but “Breaking Bad” has perfected the art.
While we watched Walter White enthusiastically embrace his dark side, his partner in crime Jesse Pinkman was less willing to dismiss his grasp of right and wrong. Because of this Jesse may be the only character we actually care about. We have watched Jesse suffer enough to want him to survive, but even this isn’t a given. Gilligan has killed off too many characters to make the audience think Jesse is safe.
Walter’s wife Skyler forfeited any reason to care about her when she chose money over morality. With Walter the decline has been consistent, but Skyler’s ethics came and went depending on the situation. Because of this she is the most annoying character on the show. Killing her off probably wouldn’t upset that many people. But Gilligan has never steered the show in a predictable direction, so anything could happen to Skyler on tonight’s finale.
The same is true with Walter White. Despite being one of the most evil characters we have seen in recent years, his fate is just as unpredictable as Jesse’s or Skyler’s. Tonight when the final episode airs anything is possible. This is why we love “Breaking Bad,” and will lament its departure. It keeps us guessing till the last moment.
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New episodes of:
Extreme Homes at 8 p.m. on HGTV
Rachael vs. Guy: Kids Cook-Off at 8 p.m. on Food Channel
The Real Housewives of New Jersey at 8 p.m. on BRAVO
Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown at 9 p.m. on CNN
Drugs Inc. at 9 p.m. on NGC
Breaking Bad at 9 p.m. on AMC
Keeping Up With the Kardashians at 9 p.m. on E!
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Parental Guidance on HBO
Magic Mike on MOMAX
My Week With Marilyn on SHO
Heathers at 9:40 p.m. on FLIX
Million Dollar Baby at 10 p.m. on HBO
The Big Chill at 10 p.m. on SUND
People Like Us at 10 p.m. on TMC
21 Jump Street at 10:05 p.m. on STARZ
Notorious at 10:15 p.m. on TCM
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